Federal prosecutors received 12 audio tapes seized from Cohen

Larry Hoffman
July 26, 2018

The Wall Street Journal said the recorded September 2016 conversation between Trump and Cohen was about buying the rights to McDougal's story, which she had sold a month earlier to The National Enquirer for 150,000. The existence of that tape came to light last Friday when Trump's current lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, confirmed details of it to The New York Times.

Cohen is being investigated for potential bank and election-law crimes. He said it was less than two minutes long, said Trump did not know he was being recorded and claimed that the president had done nothing wrong.

But Emily Jane Fox of Vanity Fair reported Monday evening that, at least according to one of his friends, Cohen believes his own testimony is much more valuable than the recordings themselves. Avenatti has been a nuisance for Cohen throughout his legal representation for Stormy Daniels, but he recently encountered Cohen and held an "extremely productive" chat with him a NY restaurant.

Giuliani claimed that the tape was exculpatory for Trump. NY state law allows for recordings of conversations with only the consent of one party; other jurisdictions require all parties to agree.

"If Donald Trump knew that Michael Cohen was going to be making payments on his behalf, or others were going to be making payments on his behalf, in order to influence the 2016 election, that may in fact constitute evidence of direct campaign finance violations which can be criminal in nature", he said.

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Federal prosecutors have received 12 audio tapes seized from President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump warns Iran's Rouhani: Threaten us "and you will suffer" Pompeo: Iran's leaders resemble the mafia NYT's Haberman: Trump "often tells the truth" MORE's former attorney, Michael Cohen. In the recording, which was discovered during a court-ordered seizure of Cohen's business records and documents, Trump talks about making a payment linked to former Playboy model Karen McDougal.

Federal prosecutors in NY are investigating Cohen for possible bank and tax fraud, and for possible campaign law violations linked to a $130,000 payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels and other matters related to Trump's campaign, a person familiar with the investigation has told Reuters. "I think he is ready to tell the truth", Avenatti said, referring to the recent addition of a member of former President Bill Clinton's special counsel to Cohen's legal team. Davis said a few hours after the broadcast that Cohen has not shared information with Avenatti.

Could Michael Avenatti and Michael Cohen have a budding professional relationship?

"Mr. Cohen's legal matters will not be tried in the court of public opinion, but in a court of law", Blakely said.

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